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The Decision

To: Faculty and Staff
From: Patty Lynott
Date: February 4, 2010
Subject: Moving Forward with SCED

As many of you know, the School of Community Economic Development has been in decline for some time now. Issues around management of funds, annual failure to meet enrollment targets, annual operating deficits (more than $1m in the last four years), and administrative challenges have been somewhat offset by inspiring students who often graduate and go on to do inspiring work. However, it is increasingly clear that SCED, as it is presently constituted, is not working.
After months of discussion and analysis we have decided on a major reorganization of the unit. CED will now be a department within the School of Business (effective June 30) and Dr. Jolan Rivera has agreed to chair the Department. Dr. Chuck Hotchkiss will direct the PhD program and return to teaching duties. The traditional campus based model will be taught out in the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year. The PhD program will be taught out over the next six years (and we will make sure to have a replacement in place to maintain university status before the six years runs out).
Going forward:

1. The Masters program, with Domestic and International tracks, will be offered wholly online. Marketing for the wholly online version of the program will begin this spring.
2. MSR will manage recruitment and Woullard Lett will handle any related inquiries and advising.
3. Rose Palis will provide administrative support.
4. We will scale back the staffing of the program and covered faculty members will, for the remainder of their contracted time, be assigned to:

* Classes required as part of teaching out the traditional program;
* Classes needed for PhD students;
* As course authors for classes being readied for online delivery;
* As instructors for online classes.

1. We will no longer offer the Summer Intensive Program.
We will continue to partner with the National Community Action Foundation and if they are indeed able to produce a cohort of students, we will adjust the delivery model to their needs (they want an online version of the program, but with some required residency). We may also seek to leverage the core of the CED Masters curriculum for new majors, perhaps in Public Health or Human Services.
The hope is that with the cost of travel to the main campus removed, the online version of the program will be more attractive in the market and will reach many more people. Universities are good at adding programs, but typically struggle to let go of programs that have run their course. CED has run its course and is now draining resources from the university with little promise of improvement in its current state. A new delivery model, more affordable and more flexible, may allow us to revive the CED program so that it continues its fine mission while becoming self-sustaining.

Patricia A. Lynott
Vice President Academic Affairs
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106-1045
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